Boxing: Foreman beats Coetzer

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GEORGE FOREMAN watches as the referee Joe Cortez counts the South African Pierre Coetzer out in the eighth round of their heavyweight bout in Reno, Nevada. Foreman, 44, later criticised Cortez for not stopping the fight in the fourth round when Foreman had Coetzer, 31, down and then mounted a furious assault. Foreman, who was world champion in 1973-4, made dollars 5m ( pounds 3.3m) from the fight. Coetzer made dollars 170,000 ( pounds 112,000). Foreman, who weighed 18 1/2 st, will now meet Tommy Morrison (who stopped Carl 'The Truth' Williams on the same bill) in Las Vegas on 16 April, but indicated a willingness to tangle with either of the world champions, Britain's Lennox Lewis or the American Riddick Bowe, before retiring at the end of the year. Bowe, who was ringside, said: 'Maybe we can bump heads.'

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